Sheriff Neil Elks

Sheriff Neil Elks
 Welcome to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Website. It is my privilege to command  one of the finest and most well equipped law
 enforcement agencies in America, staffed by some of the most dedicated law enforcement professionals in the business of
 serving and protecting this community. I take great pride in the fact that Greenville, North Carolina is my home, and that I grew up 
 in the very same community that I have committed 30 years serving in public safety. It is my goal to make Pitt County the safest
 community possible to live, work, and raise a family. The purpose of this site is to inform you of the many different ways our dedicated
 officers are working to keep your community safe. I trust you will enjoy your visit to our web site, and I invite you to check back
                                                                                                                     Neil Elks, Sheriff


About Sheriff Elks

As a native of Pitt County, Sheriff Elks appreciates small community values and traditions.  Yet, he also realizes that today’s law enforcement requires a progressive approach using more innovation to maintain community safety.

As a third generation Law Enforcement Officer, Sheriff Elks has spent 30 years of his law enforcement career working his way through the many different aspects of the department. He began his career with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher in 1978 and successfully transitioned to patrol deputy, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant and then patrol Captain.  Under three administrations, he has continued to serve the citizens of the county he loves and is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the top judicial official.  

Since taking office on December 6, 2010, Sheriff Elks has led the department as a hands-on sheriff.  He believes that working directly in patrol not only gives him an opportunity to engage with the deputies directly, but also remain connected to the concerns of the citizens. As a working sheriff, his desire to interact with both employees and the citizens is resounded in his mission to “protect and serve”.

Sheriff Elks and his wife, Connie, have been married for over 25 years and have four children, all residing in Pitt County.  The Elks’ have two grandchildren.

 Professional Accomplishments

  • North Carolina Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Certificates and Advanced Service Award
  • Law Enforcement Executive Program, 1998; Sponsored by Duke University, The Institute of Government at The University of North Carolina and the Public Administration Department at North Carolina State University
  • Over 1,500 hours of training in various law enforcement topics
  • More than 150 law enforcement and related certifications
  • Crisis Negotiation Team, Captain
  • Crisis Intervention Training Member
  • Pitt County Law Enforcement Officer Association, President  2009-2010: Vice President 2008-2009; Board of Directors; and Chairman of Fundraising Committee
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Optimist Club of Greenville, 1991 and 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 2007

Personal Interest

  • Friend Helping Friends: Community Volunteer Group
  • St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church: Financial Board, 2007-Present;  Deacon 1992-2000
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Church Men’s Group
  • Greenville Morning Rotary Club



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